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Second Careers Lead to Triangle Businesses Taking Care of Housing Needs from A to Z!
After years in government contracting and the corporate world, Michele Myers and Rachel Bath pursued their dreams and founded M Squared Builders and Designers and HOCOA, a referral service for home repair and maintenance needs.
After years in senior management for Government Contractors supporting the Department of Defense, Michele Myers relocated from Washington, DC to pursue her lifelong interest in improving the environment and creating safe places for people to live. In 1996 Michele unveiled M Squared Builders and Designers, a company dedicated to creating healthy green living environments for new homebuyers and existing homeowners in ways that enhance individual health with the least impact to the natural environment. In additional to running her construction company, Michele was pivotal in bringing the National Green Building Standards and program to the Triangle and State. Michele wanted to see that a larger impact was made. These standards provide an obtainable program for all builders and consumers to have a green built home at various price levels. Over the past 17 years Michele and her company have flourished, even through the recent economic crisis, as they have provided services in new home construction, major remodeling, and kitchen remodeling.
“I’m thrilled to be doing what I love to do,” says Michele. “My personal struggle with severe allergies was the catalyst for my early research and career change… Now building healthy and green homes is my passion. Seeing the difference a healthy and green environment has made in my own life and in the lives of many, many clients, I’m more excited than ever about staying on the cutting edge of technology in this field.”
M Squared Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Real Estate Broker Rachel Bath has contributed to the company’s success since its inception, providing expertise in financial and business management, strategic planning and marketing. Her career background includes operations management and staff supervision for a $40 million environmental services company, and business management in the financial operation of a $70 million division of a research corporation. In harmony with her work at M Squared, Rachel opened HOCOA Triangle in 2009, serving Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties plus the surrounding areas.
“HOCOA is in keeping with my enthusiasm for the housing industry,” says Bath. “It fits beautifully with my existing career as a home builder. HOCOA is designed to alleviate the stress and worry of home maintenance and repair. We enable home owners to make one local call to receive qualified, reliable contractors to take care of any problems concerning their homes. We’ve found it very rewarding to help people throughout the area.”
HOCOA is a complete referral service for all home repair and maintenance needs, with no job too big or too small. Contractors range from tree removal, handyman and remodeling services to painters, plumbers, electricians, HVAC professionals and much more. The company is available to take live calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, including holidays. Prompt response to fit the caller’s schedule is guaranteed. All contractors are local, pre-screened, and insured; their qualifications have been thoroughly reviewed via reference checks and performance records. Upon completion of the requested work, home owners receive a call from HOCOA to verify that the work was completed to their satisfaction and in a timely manner. In addition to the above services, members receive discounts like wholesale pricing on appliances, flooring, countertops and cabinets. Even discount tickets to shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center are available through HOCOA.
If you’re thinking of building a home, remodeling a home, selling a home that needs repairs, or if you just live in a home that needs attention, call Michele and Rachel to assist you with your housing needs. These two “re-invented”